It was our honor to support Operation Sonrise in their efforts to raise $25,000.00 by summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa's largest peak, and is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Operation Sonrise was established to raise money for the Sonrise Orphanage in Rwanda, Africa. The orphanage was created in the wake of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda were over 1,000,000 people were murdered in 90 days. As a result, there are over 100,000 orphans in the country. The money was raised to purchase a 12 passenger van to assist the orphanage with reliable transportation to bring volunteers, doctors, supplies, and children to the orphanage.
Sonrise Board School | Rwanda
It is our pleasure to support the Sonrise Boarding School. Through generous donations by the Wilmette Park District, Wilmette Sport Store, and private donations, we were able to deliver to the school 250 pounds of soccer equipment, school supplies, and yarn during our visit in the summer of 2009. During our 9 day stay at the school, we were able to teach soccer, computers, and knitting; while the students filled our hearts with their love.
Rural Angolan Schools | Rise International
We were pleased to be asked to contribute to the cause of rebuilding the schools of Angola. We sought inspiration from traditional Angolan architecture, in particular, the onjango - traditional tribal community meeting hall. The central portio of the plan was conceived as the gathering point of the school that could serve any or all of the wings and was influenced by the "onjango". The cruciform plan provided flexibility within the walls to create varying sized and shaped "rooms". The plan also created "rooms" on the exterior for additional uses. As the school expands, the building can be repeated and these exterior rooms can be further defined as courtyards are created between the individual buildings.
The roof structure was conceived with generous overhangs to provide protection to the brick which are susceptible to erosion. The lower shed roofs were designed around the available corrugated metal panels. These roofs are to be fabricated of full panels eliminating any field cutting and there is no ridge to be enclosed. The upper roof is located over the central portion of the plan much like the "onjango". The shape and material were chosen to ensure protection from the elements and ease of construction. By placing this roof over the others the significance of the school is indicated to the community and ventilation is provided.